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01 May 2009 @ 09:11 pm
Death Valley  
Since I had nothing better to do on a Friday evening, I began looking at more pictures from last week's trip. Death Valley is truly an amazing place. The place has seen so much action in terms of geography it is almost unbelievable. From a gigantic glacial age lake and being a feeding ground for mastodons and giant sloths, this place turned into a desert in the blink of an eye in terms of geologic timescale. It's got scars from the last time Yellowstone erupted. It's got mountains formed because of faults. Alluvial fans, fault lines, flash floods, Precambrian rocks, canyons, mountains, hot springs, sailing stones, playas, sand dunes and endemic plant and animal life - it's just got it all! What a place!




Racetrack Playa






Badwater Basin






Telescope peak from Badwater






A dry Owens Lake. Thank Los Angeles for that!






Cactii under the shade of a conifer! And Pine. In the same place!






Roadside flowers






A Desert Iguana!





Desert Iguana






A Roadkill.






Target practice. Vandals.





Welded tuff - from the last time Yellowstone erupted!






Volcanic Glass!






The Sand Dunes at Stovepipe Wells





More sand dunes.






Sunrise. Sand dunes and the mountains.






Racetrack?





A Sailing Stone






Another Sailing stone






The Grandstand





The Grandstand






A mirage. The Grandstand. And a sailing stone.






And a stone that hasn't sailed





The sun goes behind the Last Chance Mountains






And a stone takes a big lead...






While this one's a close race!








 
 
 
purely_narcoticpurely_narcotic on May 2nd, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
WOAHMYGOD! What shots. This is what photography is about...seeing something first-hand and then seeing it all over again. Only differently!
Yathinyathin on May 2nd, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
...and re-living what one sees first-hand.